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How to pay your real estate taxes

How to pay your real estate taxes

You have three options to pay your City of Boston property taxes:

Last updated: 7/4/16
Step
1

Before you get started

The City operates on a fiscal year that starts on July 1 and ends on June 30. We use a quarterly tax billing system, meaning we mail tax bills four times per year:

  • First quarter: July 1
  • Second quarter: October 1
  • Third quarter: January 1
  • Fourth quarter: April 1

We send tax bills 30 days before their due date. Your quarterly tax bills are due on these dates:

  • First-quarter bills: August 1
  • Second-quarter bills: November 1
  • Third-quarter bills: February 1
  • Fourth-quarter bills: May 1

If the first of the month falls on a weekend, your bill is due on the following Monday.

Assessed taxes on real estate stay with the property — not the name on the tax bill. So, if you own the property, you need to make sure that the property taxes are paid. Otherwise, the unpaid taxes could result in a lien against the property.

The name on the tax bill is the property owner on January 1 before the start of the given fiscal year. If you sell a property and we still mail you a tax bill, please forward it to the new owner of the property.

Step
2

Pay your bill online

You can pay your real estate taxes with a credit or debit card or a checking account. Pay your property taxes online.

Note: the online service is closed daily from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. If you have any questions about payments, call the Collector’s Office at 617-635-4136.

Step
1

Before you get started

The City operates on a fiscal year that starts on July 1 and ends on June 30. We use a quarterly tax billing system, meaning we mail tax bills four times per year:

  • First quarter: July 1
  • Second quarter: October 1
  • Third quarter: January 1
  • Fourth quarter: April 1

We send tax bills 30 days before their due date. Your quarterly tax bills are due on these dates:

  • First-quarter bills: August 1
  • Second-quarter bills: November 1
  • Third-quarter bills: February 1
  • Fourth-quarter bills: May 1

If the first of the month falls on a weekend, your bill is due on the following Monday.

Assessed taxes on real estate stay with the property — not the name on the tax bill. So, if you own the property, you need to make sure that the property taxes are paid. Otherwise, the unpaid taxes could result in a lien against the property.

The name on the tax bill is the property owner on January 1 before the start of the given fiscal year. If you sell a property and we still mail you a tax bill, please forward it to the new owner of the property.

Step
2

Mail us your payment

You can pay with a check or money order made payable to the City of Boston. Please remember to detach the bottom part of your real estate or personal property tax bill and send it with your payment. Send your payment to:

City of Boston, Box 55808
Boston, MA 02205
United States
Step
1

Before you get started

The City operates on a fiscal year that starts on July 1 and ends on June 30. We use a quarterly tax billing system, meaning we mail tax bills four times per year:

  • First quarter: July 1
  • Second quarter: October 1
  • Third quarter: January 1
  • Fourth quarter: April 1

We send tax bills 30 days before their due date. Your quarterly tax bills are due on these dates:

  • First-quarter bills: August 1
  • Second-quarter bills: November 1
  • Third-quarter bills: February 1
  • Fourth-quarter bills: May 1

If the first of the month falls on a weekend, your bill is due on the following Monday.

Assessed taxes on real estate stay with the property — not the name on the tax bill. So, if you own the property, you need to make sure that the property taxes are paid. Otherwise, the unpaid taxes could result in a lien against the property.

The name on the tax bill is the property owner on January 1 before the start of the given fiscal year. If you sell a property and we still mail you a tax bill, please forward it to the new owner of the property.

Step
2

Go to Boston City Hall

You can pay with cash, a credit or debit card, check, or money order payable to the City of Boston. Bring the copy of your tax bill and payment to Boston City Hall:

Mezzanine Level, Window M-10, 11, 12
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Need to Know:

We created a separate guide for filing your personal property taxes. We also have a page with more information about personal property taxes.

Contact:
Tax Collection
1 City Hall Square
Window M-30
Boston, MA 02201-2004
United States
Tax bills for condo parking spaces

As a condominium unit owner, you may receive a separate tax bill for your parking space.

If you get two bills, you will see one for the condo unit (listed as Class: CD) and one for the parking space (listed as Class: CP). You need to pay both bills since they represent the full value of the property.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT TAXES?

To get tax information for the current fiscal year, call the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287. For previous years, call the Collector’s office at 617-635-4131. We also have a page about common issues with your tax bill.

For more help, you could also visit the customer service window at Room M-31 on the Mezzanine level of Boston City Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.